White House Caught Leaving Out Crucial Part on Readout of Biden’s Call with French President

The White House is accused of leaving out a critical part of a readout of a recent phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.

The French readout states, “The head of state emphasized our collective moral responsibility toward the Afghan men and women who need our protection and who share our values. We cannot abandon them.”

The American readout omits this information. It does not mention Macron’s comments about the moral duty of Western nations to help Afghan civilians.

Only the French government was willing to include this point.

“The two presidents agreed to strengthen their efforts in the humanitarian and political arenas and on counterterrorism in the days to come, particularly within the framework of the G7. It is absolutely urgent and it is a collective responsibility, for which the U.S. President assured President Macron of his support.”

“They lauded the tireless efforts of their personnel working closely together in Kabul on the evacuation of their citizens, the brave Afghans who have stood by us and our NATO partners, and other vulnerable Afghan nationals,” the White House said by contrast.

“They underscored the importance of continued close coordination among allies and democratic partners on Afghanistan, including through multilateral fora, on the provision of humanitarian assistance and support for refugees. They welcomed the virtual G7 leaders’ meeting next week to help coordinate these efforts and discuss a common approach.”

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From a strategic perspective, the White House’s statement is a watered-down version of what was likely an intense conversation with Macron.

The French version highlights the correct assumption that nations who participated in the war in Afghanistan have an obligation to provide the Afghan people safety.

While it is not ideal, protecting civilians would be a much more manageable pursuit if the withdrawal had been executed properly.

The G-7, which includes both the United States and France, is expected to meet Tuesday to discuss the implications of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghan and the humanitarian crisis that has followed, according to Reuters.

It is ultimately up to Biden and his top military officials whether to keep troops in the country past the original Aug. 31 deadline.

A deadline extension will likely occur, given the fact that the administration has ordered more troops on the ground to assist refugees.

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